Chester Todd and I met several years ago when I did a series about racism in Racine, Wisconsin. Over the years, we’ve become good friends. Sometimes we talk on the phone for over an hour about Racine; how the community struggles with systemic racism and how Racine is starting to recognize its role in correcting those wrongs. He knows the ugly side of this beautiful city. A former heroin addict, Chester spent time — like many Black people here — in prison. He’s also got a Master’s Degree and counseled many men getting out of prison.
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Episode 1: There’s no dust on my knees
The grandson of a sharecropper, Chester Todd, 80, moved to Racine, Wisconsin in 1951 at the age of 13 years old from Mayfield, Kentucky. Racism was blatant back then. But the emotional trauma of being treated as “other” never left him. In fact, those lessons of survival — the dos for them are the don’ts for us — now get handed down from generation to generation.